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A year ago, when the coalition agreement was signed, the coalition in Berlin, whose parliamentary majority is anything but large, affirmed that the commitments that Germany has made in NATO will not be fully, but notably, adhered to: the German The defense budget should increase to 1.5 percent of gross domestic product by 2024. In NATO, Germany had made several decisions since 2002 to raise the budget to two percent. It seemed that NATO was basically content with that.

Yet again and again one heard doubts there. Would the Germans really keep their word? The concerns have been wiped away. Now the first clouds are appearing on the German economic sky and the finance minister is already thinking aloud that the defense budget must also do its part to ensure that the budget remains stable. In plain language, this means: Everything that Defense Minister von der Leyen initiated with firm decisions no longer applies. Uncertainty is spreading. Germany has a pioneering role for many countries. If the Germans do not go along with building defense capabilities, then they will also slacken.

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